It’s one thing for the gold standard to appear in the presidential debates.
It is a more meaningful sign to encounter it in a graphic novella embedded in a Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Special Issue, The Year Ahead 2016 (Nov. 5, 2015 issue).
This extraordinarily stylish — black and white but for the last page — self-consciously Noir — features, among other things, a spine that says, in a bold scrawl, THE WORLD IS DOOMED — THIS WILL SAVE IT — BUSINESSWEEK, YEAR 2116.
The issue features an edgy graphic novella, Earth 2016, sprinkled throughout its editorial copy.
The story commences:
IN THE NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE … THE WORLD IS A DIFFERENT PLACE … NEW YORK IS THE LAST SURVIVING METROPOLIS … BUT THE CITY IS CRUMBLING … TEENS HAVE TAKEN OVER, THEIR SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT MATCHED ONLY BY THE LEVEL OF GLOBAL SOVEREIGN DEBT….
Turning to page 26 of the issue, one finds the text, in a box showing a demonstration with “YOLO #“ scrawled over the iconic Wall Street Bull:
AS THEY [the issue’s heroic editors] MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CANYONS OF WALL STREET, YOUTHFUL CHANTS OF “BRING BACK THE GOLD STANDARD!” CAN BE HEARD IN THE DISTANCE.
The proponents of the gold standard have managed to chip a tiny hole in the edifice of the progressive cultural hegemony designed to erase the organically resilient gold standard, a crucial element of restoring equitable prosperity, from the discourse. This. Is. Big.
Can the dystopian future portrayed in this prophecy be averted?
Yes. We. Can. If Senator Ted Cruz — or one of his gold-standard-sympathizing rivals for the presidency — can achieve election and accelerate the adoption of the gold standard to 2017 rather than 2116.
Cruz. Like the Gold Standard: Blacklisted and Loving It. (Thank you, Sabo.)
Ralph Benko, internationally published weekly columnist, co-author of The 21st Century Gold Standard, lead co-editor of the Gerald Malsbary translation from Latin to English of Copernicus’s Essay on Money, is American Principles Project’s Senior Advisor, Economics.